In addition to unveiling new Latitude Ultrabooks earlier this week, Dell also announced three new touchscreen monitors designed for Windows 8. The touch HD monitors boast multitouch capabilities that won’t break the bank.
Dell’s three monitors include a 20-, 23-, and 27-inch model. The 23-inch (the P2314T) and the 27-inch versions (the P2714T) have full HD 1920 x 1080 touchscreen displays with 8 million:1 dynamic contrast ratio. That’s great and all, but the coolest part about these monitors is the stand, which lets you easily adjust the angle. Both monitors are capable of 60-degree angles, which means they can lie pretty flat – but not completely flat – making it easier to slide the monitor closer to you and type right on the display.
The 20-inch monitor (E2014T) isn’t as robust as its bigger brothers. Though it has a touchscreen, its resolution is only 1600 x 900. Its hinge also doesn’t have the same flexibility as the larger versions as it’s only capable of tilting five degrees forward or backward. It has a 2ms response time, and a high dynamic contrast ratio of 8 million:1.
Port-wise, with all three monitors you’re getting MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link), DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA, and USB, making it possible to connect your smartphone or tablet to the monitor.
For those of you who are intrigued by the touch capabilities of Windows 8, but aren’t about to go out and buy a touchscreen laptop just so you can swipe around on your display, Dell’s new monitors are a good compromise. Instead of buying a new $1,000 or more laptop, these touch monitors are an affordable option, starting at $250 for the 20-inch model. Of course, those prices increase for the larger sizes, with the 23-inch model going for $450 and the 27-inch version for $700. All three monitors are available now in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America regions, and will be available in Asia and Europe in September.